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Gavin is a struggling writer with a complicated past, who’s reeling from the loss of the only woman he’s ever loved. More than a year after the breakup, he’s still suffering major heartbreak and a serious case of writer’s block. In an attempt to help him out of his funk, Gavin’s best friend and fellow writer, Bobby, sets up an account for him on the new dating app SwipeDate.
After a few unsuccessful dates, Bobby challenges him to thirty more dates in thirty days. If Gavin can complete the challenge, Bobby will give him a check for twenty-five thousand dollars.
Does Gavin have what it takes to complete the challenge? Or will the trials and tribulations of modern dating prove to be too much?
Find out in Thirty Days...
**WARNING: This is Part One of Gavin’s story, so it does end in a cliffhanger**
"While I told Dr. Thresher the dream comes but a few times a month, it’s more like a couple times a week. Only instead, the man, or ‘mystery savior’ as I like to call him, never comes to my rescue in the dream. He never hops off his bike and climbs over the barrier and onto the ledge himself. He never talks to me about his own battle with depression, his abusive father, his ugly divorce. He doesn’t convince me to give life another go.
Instead, I jump. And unlike what many go their whole lives believing, I do die in my dreams. I do feel the nerve-rattling fall that seems like forever. And I feel the concrete like water as my skull splits against it.
I smoke a few bowls of Mary Jane to hinder the onslaught of feelings, confusion and desperation the dream always brings. It’s a time I’m not proud of, in a situation I never saw myself in, without an ounce of strength to deal with it all. I’m thrilled to be out of it. I’m even more thrilled to know, in my heart of hearts, that I’ll never be there again… never… but it doesn’t mean I’m not still affected by it all. If only we could erase those heart thrashing memories of our past. If only Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was based on reality. I’d erase every last one of them. I’d get along through life just like everyone else; content and without worry. I know others suffer too. But I also know, regardless of all that, depression doesn’t give two shits about any of it. It doesn’t give a fuck about how your peers are getting along, or whatever the fuck it says in the latest self-help book you’re reading. It only cares about you… and how it can tear you apart bit by fucking bit."
BT URRUELA was an infantryman in the US Army from August 2004 until February 2011. At the end of a year long tour to Baghdad, Iraq, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs, which took his right leg below the knee and the life of his commander. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds, an Army Commendation Medal, and Combat Infantryman's Badge. He medically retired from the Army in 2011 and moved to Tampa, FL where he currently works as a Director and Brand Ambassador for VETSports, a veteran community sports nonprofit he co-founded in 2012. He also conducts motivational speeches, works as a cover and fitness model and he's a personal performance trainer. He co-wrote the novel 'A Lover's Lament’ with author KL Grayson in 2015. He released his first solo novel, 'Into the Nothing' in June 2016, ‘Wicked Little Words’ with author Stevie J. Cole in October 2016, ‘Alphas & Fairytales: A New Year’s Eve Anthology’ and ‘Into the Blood’ in December 2016. He lives in Tampa with his dogs, Kiko and Scout, and is writing full-time. (Author photo by Christopher John / CJC Photography)
Lexi Dare is on a one-woman mission to stay alive. Both at home
and at work. Because how did she end up with a ring on her finger and an abuser
in bed as she readies to hit the high point in her career? Everything should be
perfect. Amazing job. Handsome fiancé. It’s all a disaster.
Parker Black is the brains behind Titan
Group, an elite security firm. In his world, everything is ordered and
controlled, except what he feels for his buddy’s girl. Something in her eye
screams for help, but he has no idea what.
When Lexi disappears, Parker realizes what he should have known.
The lines blur between friendships and work, and they must find each other to
survive a terror attack that only Lexi can stop.
Black Dawn can be read as a standalone and does not have a cliffhanger.
Cristin Harber is a
New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy,
steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s
Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was
both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.
Some mistakes from the past haunt us forever… unless fate steps in with a second chance.
One ‘Dear John’ letter haunted Bobby Baker’s every living moment. It was the letter he’d stupidly written to his high school sweetheart, Belle, right after he had left to join the Army. The letter in which he’d told her that he wasn’t so sure they were ready for forever yet. Before he could let her know that the letter, and his second thoughts, were nothing more than a mistake, she disappeared from the small Georgia town they had both been raised in.
Fifteen years after the letter, Belle unknowingly walked back into Bobby’s life when her job as an ATF Agent forced her to work with a group of men secretly headed by the CIA to help her track down whoever was involved in funneling black market weapons to a drug cartel in Mexico.
Bobby planned to use this mission to try to soothe Belle’s hurt feelings while proving to her that their love was meant to be forever. He would use every dirty trick he’d learned since he had joined the Army to maneuver her back into his life for the long haul. Belle was not making it easy, though, as she continued to keep him at arm’s length in the hopes that mistakes of her own would never come to light.
Planting my hands on my hips, I growled, “You trying to tell me that you haven’t been playing some kind of game? You disappear for fifteen years without so much as a clue to where you’re headed, then waltz back into my life and try to pretend I don’t exist? You don’t have the kind of love we had, Belle. Hell, you don’t have a man like me—who’s had his mouth on you, his cock in you—and then pretend like he doesn’t exist. Now, I’m telling you, I’m tired of this game and I’m tired of fucking waiting for you to give me a second of your time so that we can talk about this shit.”
Throwing her hands up in the air, she stumbled backwards a few steps and then screeched, “There’s nothing to talk about, Bobby! Besides, I didn't have the man's mouth and cock. I had the boy's. There's a difference. A man, arealman that is, keeps his promises. Like the ones he made to come back. A boy hasn't grown up enough to realize how important promises are to keep.”
Ex Ops Series:
Secret Maneuvers #1
Stripping Her Defenses #2
Mission Delivery #2.5
Sweet Agony #1/Ex Ops #3
Sweet Recovery #2/Ex Ops #4
Sweet Eternity #3/Ex Ops #5
Bullets and Bluebonnets Ex Ops #6
About the Author:
Jessie Lane is a best-selling
author of Paranormal and Contemporary Romance, as well as, Upper YA Paranormal
She lives in Kentucky with her
two little Rock Chicks in-the-making and her over protective alpha husband that
she’s pretty sure is a latent grizzly bear shifter. She has a passionate love
for reading and writing naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and
out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap
you around until you do pay attention to them.
She’s also a proud member of
the Romance Writers of America (RWA).
Edge of Temptation is a great addition to the Titan World Collection.
The worlds of Titan and S.A.S.S. collide to create an action packed, hilarious spy thriller novella.
Low gives us some great characters; smart, terrifyingly deadly, funny characters that I loved instantly. There is something going on in every scene to keep the pages turning. Either those characters have done something else crazy funny, or they are amazing you with their field craft super spy skills.
Though Edge of Temptation is interconnected with Low's Shadowy Assassins Series and Cristin Harber's Titan Series, it stands alone just fine. I am not caught up with S.A.S.S and didn't feel lost.
This book is hilarious. Rolling on the floor laughing, my husband thinks I am crazy, and I choked on my sweet tea- fuunnnnyy. There is some serious heavy sh*t going on, suspense and action, but Lane still has you laughing in every chapter. The Hero & Heroine she paired in this novel are the PERFECT match. Equal badassery and equal hilarity. I loved this book!. As with the other Titan World books I have reviewed, I think this one stands alone great, if you haven't read either the Titan or Ex Ops series. This is the first Ex Ops books I have read and I never felt lost. *ARC Review*